News and Views

The steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights voted on Saturday not to challenge a close victory of the first Rent Board candidate not backed by the organization.
  • Los Angeles
Tenants of a 28-unit complex owned by a Jewish non-profit, Or Khaim Hashalom, face eviction as a result of proposed renovation. The tenants allege that they would be displaced to make room for Jewish refugees.
  • Los Angeles
In an effort to avoid an increase in renter-occupied homes, Paul Biane, chairman of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors has spearheaded efforts to form an organization that would buy foreclosed on homes and sell them buyers who intend to occupy the properties. Biani is quoted as follows: "We want owner-occupied homes, not renter-occupied homes."
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
December 7, 2008
This article examines the effects of speculators on a San Diego neighborhood that seems particularly affected by the mortgage crisis.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego
This article explores alleged harassment of East Palo Alto tenants by Page Mill Properties.
  • San Mateo
Even though the "The Times is generally wary of restrictions on landlords," this editorial supports the City Council's President's moratorium on evictions of tenants who occupy foreclosed homes.
  • Los Angeles
December 3, 2008
A Fresno man was jailed and charged with felony theft for renting out foreclosed properties he did not own.
  • Fresno
Over 20 seniors gathered in Selma to protest the elimination of the tax rebates. The action was part of the statewide Day of Action to restore tax rebates to low-income senior, blind and disabled Californians.
  • Fresno
With the help of a local advocacy group, PUEBLO, tenants of a Santa Barbara apartment complex scheduled to be renovated have been able to increase their eviction notice through mediation.
  • Santa Barbara
The San Luis Obispo reports on the local impact of losing the renters' rebate, as well as Tenants Together's efforts to reinstate funding.
  • San Luis Obispo
November 24, 2008
Zachary Johnson of the Stockton record reports on the local impact of eliminating funds for the renters' rebate.
  • Renters Rebate
  • Legislative victories/defeats
  • San Joaquin
The Los Angeles City Council is in the process of drafting a law that would prohibit evictions of tenants in foreclosed on properties that are not covered by the city's just cause eviction protections.
  • Los Angeles
The Daily News reports on the effort of the Los Angeles City Council to protect tenants in foreclosed on properties.
  • Los Angeles
November 21, 2008
But wait, there's more: --> Front page story in the Selma Enterprise covering the impromptu protest of more than 20 seniors in Selma (Fresno County). --> Stockton Record covers the statewide day of action and the impact of the veto on blind and senior renters.
The California Aggie covers the local impact in Davis of the elimination of the renters' rebate.
Riverside County will be spending $1.86 million out of its $49 million of federal funds to help with the mortgage crisis to buy foreclosed properties and use them as rentals.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
Yesterday was an exciting day, kicking off the campaign to save the renters' rebate. Here's some more the coverage we found today: --> Radio coverage of the SF Rally on KPFA evening news this evening. Coverage starts about 47 minutes into the show. Assemblymember-elect Tom Ammiano vows to join with his colleagues in Sacramento and say to the Governor, "you may be a movie star and you may be an action hero, but we're going to kick your ass on this one, pal."
Heather Knight of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes Supervisor Tom Ammiano at Wednesday's San Francisco rally to save the renters' rebate.
  • San Francisco
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on a press conference by advocates for San Diego's low-income seniors and disabled persons on the Governor's elimination of the renters' rebate.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego
Lake County News reports on the November 19 day of action to save the renters' rebate.
  • Lake

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